Motorola wins seven year FRS contract

Motorola has announced it has been awarded a seven year framework contract to support the Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) in England, Scotland and Wales.

Oct 19, 2006
By David Howell

Motorola has announced it has been awarded a seven year framework contract to support the Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) in England, Scotland and Wales.

This contract, which includes the option for extension for a further five years, is announced as the Fire and Rescue Services join Airwave, the UK`s digital communications network dedicated to the emergency services and public safety workers, and one of the largest nationwide TETRA (TErrestrial Trunked RAdio) networks in the world.

Firelink is the project responsible for the procurement, delivery and installation of a single wide area radio system for the FRS.

The contract was awarded to Motorola by O2 Airwave, winner of the bid with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to supply the communications network to the FRS. Airwave`s nationwide TETRA network, supplied by Motorola, will now be used by police forces, ambulance services and the FRS in England, Scotland and Wales for their primary communications needs.

The frame contract covers the supply of Motorola TETRA radios (MTM800 and MTH800) with both voice and data capabilities for fire appliances and officers` cars; mobile data terminals (MW800) to be installed in fire appliances and other vehicles.

Pete Richardson, O2 Airwave, said: “Today’s world more than ever needs trusted, resilient and reliable emergency communications. Projects of this scale and importance are complex so it`s imperative that we have trusted and resilient support.”

Iain Clarke, Motorola, said: “Motorola is a long term champion of the use of technology to aid inter-service working.”

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